Announcing the 2014 Homecoming Court

Congratulations to the newly elected 2014 MDCC Homecoming Court!  The 2014 Homecoming Queen will be announced at the Homecoming Assembly on Wednesday, October 15.

The Freshman Maids are
Shakira Birge
Kenjayla Dixon
Jazmin Jennings
Gabrielle Smith

The Sophomore Maids are
Meagan Bole
Melanie Carroll
Amber Jackson
Latrina Wright

18 Sep 2014

Trojans Open North Division Play Against Coahoma Community College

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans will kick off North Division play Thursday night as they host rival Coahoma Community College at 7 p.m. in Jim Randall Stadium.

The Trojans enter the game with a 1-1 overall record after losing 50-0 to Copiah-Lincoln Community College last week at Wesson. The Coahoma Tigers are 0-3 overall and 0-1 in North Division play after losing 83-7 to No.1 ranked East Mississippi Community College in their division opener at home.

The Tigers also have losses to Pearl River Community College, 36-6, and East Central Community College, 35-14. Mississippi Delta has a 21-12 win over East Central Community College and the loss to Co-Lin. The game with Southwest Community College was declared “No Contest” due to the weather and will not be played unless necessary.

Thus far, Coahoma has made its living through the air with the Tigers’ share of their offense coming via the pass. They are averaging 233 yards per game in offense with 194 of those yards coming from passing and just 39 yards coming from rushing. The Trojans present a balanced offensive attack averaging 87 yards per game on the ground and 86 yards through the air. Defensively the Tigers are allowing 521 yards per game while the Trojans have limited their opponents to 377 yards a contest.

Coahoma is led by sophomore quarterback Anthony Mitchell Jr. (6-0, 210) of Moss Point who is averaging 156 yards per game passing (six yards per pass). His favorite receivers are sophomore wide receivers Kshun Evans (6-3, 190) of Flowood who is averaging 58 yards per game (9.8/catch) and Damecio Ewing (6-0, 180) of Memphis who is averaging 25 yards per game and 8.3 yards per catch.

The Tigers leading rusher is sophomore running back Christian Williams (5-10, 220) of Gulfport who is averaging 31 yards per game and 2.7 per carry.

One of the bright spots for the Trojans thus far this season has been the kicking of freshman punter Cody Lloyd of Winona. Lloyd is currently the No. 2 punter in the state averaging 42.2 yards per punt. His longest punt has been 50 yards.

The Trojans are currently ranked fourth in the seven-team North Division. East Mississippi is first at 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the North, Itawamba is second at 1-2 and 1-0, Northeast is third at 1-2 and 1-0, MDCC is fourth at 1-1, 0-0, Holmes is fifth at 1-2, 0-1, and Northeast and Coahoma are tied for last at 0-3, and 0-1.

Trojans Drop 50-0 Decision To Copiah-Lincoln Community College

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans were outmanned by the Co-Lin Community College Wolves 50-0 Thursday night in Wesson.

The game started on an ominous note for Mississippi Delta when Co-Lin, who is ranked 11th in the nation, took the opening kickoff and raced over 80 yards for their first of seven touchdowns for the night. The PAT kick failed and the Wolves were up 6-0 with only six seconds having run off the game clock.

The next score came midway through the first quarter when Delta was forced to punt from its own end zone. The punt was returned to the Delta 39 and nine plays later Co-Lin connected on a 23 yard field goal to go up 9-0. The Wolves forced MDCC to punt again and this time drove 62 yards in just four plays scoring on a 45 yard pass. Another missed PAT kick made it 15-0 with 5:14 left in the first.

The final score of the first quarter came when a Cody Lloyd punt attempt from Delta’s 11 yard line was blocked into the end zone and covered by the Wolves. This time the PAT kick was good and the quarter ended with Co-Lin up 22-0.

The Wolves opened the second quarter with a 32 yard drive that five plays and ended with a one yard TD run and PAT kick. The scoring drive was set up by a Delta fumble and gave Co-Lin a 29-0 lead.

Co-Lin scored two more times in the second half. The first was an 83 yard drive in nine plays that culminated with a one yard pass. The second was a 66 yard drive in 11 plays that ended with a one yard run. Both PAT kicks were good and the Wolves led 43-0 at halftime.

Co-Lin added their final touchdown with 6:41 left in the third quarter with a six yard run that ended an 80 yard drive which took seven plays. The final PAT kick made it 50-0.

Unofficial stats show the Trojans rushed 23 times for minus eight yards and hit 6 of 18 passes for 98 yards for 90 yards of total offense. Delta’s rushing stats included eight carries that netted minus 48 yards mostly due to bad snaps. The Wolves rushed 31 times for 176 yards and hit 11 of 16 passes for 165 yards for a 341 yard total.

Individual stat leaders for Mississippi Delta:  Running back Quadre Butler with four carries for 19 yards. Quarterback Devin Adams completed 3-12 for 49 yards while quarterback Jaylon Daniels completed 3-6 passes for 49 yards.

The 1-1 Trojans will be at home next Thursday to face the 0-3 Tigers of Coahoma Community College at Jim Randall Stadium. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

Ammons Elected to National Board

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Dr. John Ammons was recently elected to the Board of Directors of The National Science Teachers Association, the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. Ammons is a 27 year veteran of the MDCC biological science faculty where he has taught Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology, General Biology, and Zoology.Ammons. Elected by NSTA’s membership, the new board and council members began serving their three-year term June 1.

“The new board and council members bring a vast amount of experience and diverse perspectives to the table,” said NSTA President Juliana Texley. “They will use their expertise in the field of science education to bring about positive change and effective solutions to pressing issues facing the association and its members.”

The new board members join a 13-member board that oversees NSTA’s finances, policies and procedures, and strategic planning.

John Ammons is a member of the biological science faculty at Mississippi Delta Community College in Moorhead. Prior to joining the NSTA council, he served on the NSTA board and was a member of the 2011 planning committee for the NSTA Area Conference in New Orleans. He also sits on the NSTA Awards and Recognition Committee and was selected to be on the NSTA science lab safety advisory board.

Ammons served for two years as president of the Mississippi Science Teachers Association (2008-2010) and continues to be a member of the MSTA board of directors. He has received a number of awards in Mississippi, including the 2004 Headware Teacher Award from the state legislature; the 2003 MSTA College Science Teacher of the Year; and the 2000 Lamplighter award selected by MDCC faculty for teaching excellence.

Ammons holds a Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi, a M.S. from University of Southern Mississippi, and a B.S. from Mississippi State University. In addition, he has completed additional graduate work at The University of Mississippi Medical Center, Boston University and Oxford University, Oxford England.

 

15 Sep 2014

Veteran Making a Presence at MDCC

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After serving in the Air National Guard with tours in Iraq and Korea, one Mississippi Delta Community College student is finding a new home and a new career path on the Moorhead, Miss., campus.

McLane Milner of Greenwood, Miss., is currently a welding student at MDCC.

A 2004 graduate of Pillow Academy, Milner considered joining the U.S. Army immediately afMcClane_Milner_Uniform_Pic.jpgter high school, but changed his mind at the last minute. Instead, he began his college career at MDCC, but discovered that he was lacking the direction and motivation necessary for college success.

Milner notes, “You are not going to learn what you don’t want to know. Some people learn the hard way, and some people figure it out.”

He quit college after a year to join the workforce, and soon joined the Alabama Air National Guard’s 187th fighter wing as an F16 crew chief. During his service, he served a three and one-half month tour in Iraq in 2009 and a month and one-half tour in Korea in 2010. After being honorable discharged in 2012, Milner returned home to Greenwood, Miss.

“I didn’t really have a sense of direction coming out of high school, but I learned the advantages of what the military could provide,” Milner says. “I joined the military to help pay for school, and it’s paying off now.”

For those struggling to find their path after high school, he says, “The military is the perfect place to find the discipline and the gumption to want to do better for yourself. The biggest thing I learned in the military is discipline.” That discipline is paying off in the classroom, where Milner is currently enrolled in the school’s welding program.

MDCC’s welding program is a career course designed to develop skills in various methods of welding. Throughout the program, the student is taught arc welding, oxyacetylene torch, plasma arc cutting, mig welding, and tungsten inert gas techniques on both ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Classroom instruction also is received in blueprint reading, welding metallurgy, welding theory, types of welding machines, and manual inert gas techniques. At the end of the second semester, students are prepared to take the American Welding Society Code Test for arc welders and seek employment.

Leading MDCC’s program is instructor Roger Wright. Milner says, “He’s a splendid teacher. He doesn’t tell you anything you don’t need to know. It’s all about safety.”

Milner previously worked for Wright in Wright’s private business, and the instructor was convinced his young employee could accomplish more through MDCC’s welding program.

The Milner family is not new to MDCC, as the younger Milner’s grandfather was instrumental in developing the college’s dental hygienist program.

The late Dr. Arthur Hugo Richter, Greenwood’s first dentist and an Air Force veteran himself, also got his start in the military. A Greenwood native, Milner says, “My grandfather saw that dental hygiene wasn’t a very big factor here in the Delta, and wanted to do something to correct that. He wanted people to take better care of their mouths.”

15 Sep 2014

Lineman Training Program Continues to Meet Industry’s Needs

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Front row, from left, are Tyler Findley of Greenville, Jason Ables of Winona, Drew Pounds of
Grenada, Harley Rawles of Grenada, Lawrence Woods of Hollandale, Hunter Swider of Abbeville
and Tanner Bartlett of Kilmichael; back row, Randall Whitworth, instructor from Benton, Dylan Holcomb of Coila, Harrison Burford of Greenville, Lonzo Miller of Leland, Luke McCullough of Paris,
Hunter Holiday of Clinton, Grant Muncher of Greenville, Chase Carpenter of Grenada, Josh Mills
of Abbeville and Joe Curtis Sims, instructor from Hollandale.

Mississippi Delta Community College’s Electrical Utility Lineman Training program is breaking new ground in 2014 with the program’s first female trainee enrolled in its current class.

Harley Rawles of Grenada, Miss., is one of 16 trainees from across the state choosing to pursue a career in the electrical utility lineman industry through MDCC.

“She is no stranger to the industry as her father is a lineman with an area utility company. And as any good parent does, when their child is considering a career after high school graduation, her father set a utility pole in their backyard to begin practice climbing with a buck squeeze (safety climbing belt), boots, hardhat, and climbing hooks,” says John Conrad, MDCC’s project coordinator for the lineman program. “Harley is very familiar with the job requirements and knows the danger and conditions she will face when outages occur. She attended our spring lineman competition rodeo and was undeterred by the work and skill it takes to complete each event. She told me a few days ago that she is happy with her decision and enjoys the class.”

Since the fall of 2010, MDCC’s lineman training program has graduated eight classes. More than 90 percent of program graduates found work and have remained in the electrical utility lineman field.

“Few job training programs can take an individual from no experience through 16 weeks of intensive technical and mechanical skills training and receive job offers starting at $13 to $17 per hour after graduation,” according to Conrad.

Delta Workforce Investment Area and Mississippi Community College Board fund the MDCC lineman training program. This job training program includes 16 weeks of intensive technical and mechanical skills training and results in multiple job offers for the graduates. Dru Morgan, director of MDC’s workforce education division, says, “Our program is recognized regionally by area Electric Power Associations and utility construction companies and continues to save money and up to a year training new employees. Our trainees leave our training prepared to begin work and are ready for the next step to build on their skills and knowledge.  

For more information about the lineman training program, visit www.thecappscenter.com, or contact John Conrad at 662-887-2876 x 14 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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